Monday, January 22, 2007

Fuzzy Zoeller Hates It, But SB 41 has TWO Black Head Coaches

"That little boy is driving well and he's putting well. He's doing
everything it takes to win. So, you know what you guys do when he gets in here?
You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not to
serve fried chicken next year. Got it? Or collard greens or whatever
the hell they serve."

Sunday Lovie Smith became the first African-American head coach in Super Bowl History. About 4 hours later, Tony Dungy became the second.

So old Fuzzy Zoeller (no Fuzz, you will NEVER live down those comments) must be just aching inside. I don't know what kind of real breakthrough this is. It will be trumpeted as a victory in the struggle, but to me we've known for a while now that black head coaches can succeed in the NFL. From Dungy and Smith to Dennis Green, to Art Shell to Marvin Lewis.

I'm happier to see two entertaining teams in the Super Bowl and could care less what color the coaches are. The Indianapolis Peytons finally have broken through and have to be the early favorites to beat the Chicago InSpiteofGrossmans.

I'll pick the Colts in a romp. I just refuse to believe any team with a QB as inept as Grossman can actually win a SuperBowl.

And of course the big heartbreak about Grossman making it is that everyone wanted the Saints to make the SuperBowl. If only the National Guard had been sent to New Orleans sooner in the wake of Hurricane Katrina then maybe they could have worked more on their defense and running game. Stupid George Bush.


Piccu said...

I guess it is cool that not only will one black coach be in the Super Bowl but now two will be, but to me, this isn't that big a deal.

Maybe I am naive but I just assumed it was a matter of time and there have been plenty of great black coaches in the league. They just haven't had a team that was good enough to go all the way.

I think the biggest story for the next TWO WEEKS will be will Peyotn Manning win the big one and if he doesn't is his career and legacy a failure?

It's just another example of the white man keeping the black man down.

Travis said...

And as much as you hear that nonsense about championships defining a career, it always gets regurgitated.

Dan Marino's legacy isn't tainted.
Neither is Archie Manning's.
Neither is Jim Kelley's...ok, Jim's is.

But it's a silly thing to measure QBs by. If you win a SuperBowl, you're probably a good QB. But you can be a great QB and never sniff one. Because QBs don't play defense, don't kick, don't run (usually), don't cover kickoffs, etc, etc, etc.

Football is the one sport in the US where team wins over individual talent every time.